When a horse does good and you give them a pat on the neck or shoulder, do most horses actually know that you are praising them? I was just wondering cause I always pat after anything good my horse does, and I don't plan on stopping, but I was just wondering if they know that means they did good?
I gently pat/stroke my horse and praise her verbally when she does good on the ground, and I do the same when riding her. I use my voice, stroke/rub her withers, and relase pressure as rewards when we are working, sometimes all three at once. Works for us!